National Institute of Agricultural Botany's (NIAB) Innovation Farm wins European funding

An interactive hub is to be developed to showcase plant research and ensure that market-ready innovations are put to commercial use as rapidly as possible.

The National Institute of Agricultural Botany's (NIAB) Innovation Farm has been awarded a £2.7m EU grant, match-funded by industry and academic partners.

"It will broker connections between small companies and universities, research organisations and large businesses," said project leader Dr Lydia Smith.

The funding, part of an overall budget of £6.8m, will enable various NIAB facilities to be moved to a single site at the Macleod complex in Cambridge in 2013. This will include a visitor centre, alongside its demonstration glasshouse and field demonstration areas.


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